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PSN shut down to prevent piracy?

Some new information has arrived regarding the PSN outage, suggesting that Sony shut down its Playstation Network after new custom firmware allowed users to download games and content with a fake credit card number.

According to a PSX-Scene moderator, who posted the information on New Aggregator Reddit, the latest version of the custom firmware for the Playstation 3 called Rebug.me, let Playstation 3 owners with that firmware installed access a developer network. They could then put in a fake credit card number and download content without any kind of verification of the number on Sony’s back-end.

The latest information on the situation was posted yesterday on the PS Blog by Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold, who said, “I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time. As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly. We’ll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.”

The PlayStation Network has been down for around a week, with Sony stating that it’s completely rebuilding the network. More details are expected to follow later today. Thanks, Venturebeat.

Edited On 26 Apr, 2011

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